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Chinese built cars start at $7,000 for US market

The models, ranging from compact coupes to upscale sedans, will be sold at 250 dealers.

CHICAGO -- Malcolm Bricklin, the man who brought the notorious Yugo to America in the 1980s, will sell a line of Chinese-built cars beginning in 2007 with starting prices as low as $6,900, the entrepreneur said Wednesday.

The cars, which range from compact coupes to upscale sedans, will be sold through a network of 250 dealerships that will feature test tracks, customer lounges and a jumbo video screen that will double as a drive-in movie theater, Bricklin said. Each dealership, located far from rivals, will be 20,000 square feet. About 1,000 people already have inquired about buying a franchise, he said.

"If I can get enough people looking at my car and driving my car at these prices, people are going to be buying," Bricklin said in an interview at the Chicago Auto Show.

Under an exclusive deal, the cars will be built by Chinese automaker Chery Automobile Co. and distributed by Bricklin’s new company, New York-based Visionary Vehicles LLC. Top-end models will sell for between $20,000 and $25,000.

Bricklin expects to introduce one new model every two months for three years -- for a total of 20 new vehicles. He has set a sales target of 250,000 units in 2007, and sales of 1 million a year within four years.

Production for each model will be limited to 50,000 vehicles and product line will include vehicles with four, six-, and eight-cylinder engines.

Bricklin, who has had moments of spectacular success and failure in the auto business over the years, insists the Chery-built cars will be free of the horrid quality problems that plagued the Yugo when it was introduced in the 1980. The Yugo, Bricklin said, was built in an old factory by untrained workers in a war-torn country.

"This is a company that has quality," Bricklin said of Chery, which sold slightly less than 90,000 vehicles last year. Chery is one of China’s second-tier automakers, and the eighth-biggest in the country.

As a hedge, however, the Chinese cars will carry a warranty good for 100,000 miles or 10 years from purchase. Hyundai Motor Co. and other automakers have offered similar warranties in the U.S. market to overcome customer concerns about quality.

Value is the hook, however. Prototypes of the models have been designed by renowned Italian designer Bertone. The curvy, sleek vehicles are aimed at going head-to-head with every major automaker -- from Subaru to BMW -- at a fraction of the price.

For example, Bricklin said a Chery-made car aimed at BMW AG’s 6-series would be priced at less than $20,000 and include a V-8 turbocharged engine.

The first models to be sold here will be unveiled next year at auto shows in Detroit, Chicago and New York.

Visionary Vehicles is receiving financial backing from New York investment firm Allen & Co.

Privately held Visionary Vehicles has committed to invest $200 million in the product program at Chery for the U.S. market.

Visionary Vehicles hasn’t decided what brand will be used to market the Chery-built vehicles, but make no mistake, says Bricklin, sales will begin in 2007.

"We’re committed," he said. "This is in fast gear."




The chery m14 doesnt look too bad



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Would you want to buy a Chinese car? These people take shortcuts with everything.. they even make pork dumplings out of cardboard to save money! And don't forget the lead paint of course!
 

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Tastycakes said:
But yea, some of there other cars are pretty disgusting.





Does this thing float or, wtf???



those look like cars a clown would drive... ask yourself are you a clown? o_O


plus wth is with those fronts it looks like a car with a down syndrome face... the eyes and the mouth...
 

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gibbletz said:
Complete with lead paint.
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DNieves said:
Would you want to buy a Chinese car? These people take shortcuts with everything.. they even make pork dumplings out of cardboard to save money! And don't forget the lead paint of course!
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Seriously, I'd never buy a Chinese car. After the Chinese companies almost killing all of American consumers pets (with the bad pet food) and then killing our children with lead-based paint??? No thanks.

We go to China to get cheap things, but the buck gets passed down the line from contractor to subcontractor to subcontractor. You want cheap, you're gonna get cheap and dangerous.

No thanks.
 

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Did anybody notice how the models dress either like Japanese anime characters or Chun Li from Street Fighter? Chine is selling the noose to hang ourselves with!
 
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